Dr. Roger Parsons, age 85 of St. James died on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at Mayo Clinic Health Systems-St. James. Arrangements are pending at Sturm Funeral Home in St. James. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at St. James Catholic Church in St. James with Father Thien Nguyen as celebrant. Visitation will be Thursday at Sturm Funeral Home in St. James from 4 to 8 p.m., a 3:30 p.m. Rosary is scheduled and will continue one hour before services at the church on Friday. The family prefers memorials be directed the Watonwan Co. Food Shelf, U of M Cancer Research or St. James High School, in lieu of flowers. You may send the family condolences online at www.sturmfh.com. Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in St. James.
Roger Parsons was born April 15, 1927 in Fargo, North Dakota. He was raised in Redwood Falls and graduated high school there in 1945. He served in the Army until discharge in 1946. College and medical school followed at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. In 1950 Roger married Louise Montressor in Chicago, graduated medical school in 1953, and moved to St. James where he would live for the next 60 years. St. James provided Dr. Parsons and his partner, Dr. Keith Moulton, a place to open their practice after they graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1955. In the beginning they chose St. James for its size and friendliness consequently forming deep relationships in the community. Patient trust followed their practice and enriched the life of Dr. Parsons. Dr. Parsons enjoyed the support he received from the community serving as alderman and later, as mayor of the City of St. James. He was moved to state late in his life that, "The people in St. James are wonderful. It was very satisfying to help take care of them. It's rewarding to know we contributed something to the community. They gave a lot back to us, too." Dr. Parsons enjoyed an active life beginning with high school football and dancing at local ballrooms. Later he became an avid bike rider and enjoyed many summer outings with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren at his lake cabin, swimming, picking strawberries, and various other activities. Dr. Roger Parsons passed peacefully early Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 of cerebral hemorrhage. He was a patient at St. James Hospital on the street bearing his name. He was 85 and most recently a member of the Prairie View Community in St. James.
Dr. Parsons is survived by children, Patty (Bob) Andersen, Margaret (Jon) Newberg, Susan (Mike) Brunson, Robert, Kathryn (Steve) Audette and Jay (Rick) Nordstrom.The city of St. James provided a safe place to raise his family which grew to 36 children, grand, and great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his wife Louise (1988), parents James and Edith Parsons, brothers Richard and Kenneth, sisters Patricia and Evelyn.